Career Resources

How SaaS has Re-Shaped the Hiring Landscape

By Koh Wanzi

When hiring managers want to fill a position, they will put up a job advertisement via print and/or online channels. They will then (passively) await applications from interested jobseekers before shortlisting appropriate candidates for an interview.

As you can imagine, this traditional hiring model has its limitations. Modern Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) hiring models, such as the Talent Network (TN), promise to revolutionise the hiring landscape by helping employers like yourself build up a ‘talent pipeline’ to gain access to a far larger pool of potential hires and fill vacant positions promptly. (Read More Here!)

Getting a Good Night's Rest

By Desiree Yang

Everyone knows that nothing beats retreating into the comfort of one’s bed for a good night’s rest after a long day at work. But what happens when the eight hours of sleep you get leaves you feeling just as exhausted as you were before you fell asleep? (Read More Here!)

Exploring Unusual D&D Themes

By Deanna Bonaparte

A D&D (Dinner & Dance, not the game Dungeons & Dragons) event is a chance for colleagues to let their hair down – perhaps literally – and unwind. As workers shed their workplace personas, D&Ds can be a time for fine wine and moves on the dance floor. And while discerning taste buds are activated to sample dishes at the table, all eyes will also be turned to the sartorial choices of those present.

A D&D is a company-wide event with a night-long itinerary of entertainment, food and perhaps an unofficial pageant dedicated to identifying ‘Mr and Mrs Best Dressed’. We uncover and bring you some interesting D&D themes that might get your creative juices flowing if and when you’re tasked to organise your company’s upcoming D&D. (Read More Here!)

When Your Employees' Transgressions Become Your Own

By Desiree Yang

A company’s employees are a reflection of management and their unique brand of leadership – they are essentially the management’s responsibility. Hence, when an employee makes a mistake, a portion of the blame will always land squarely on the shoulders of management no matter the nature or severity of the blunder.

And since it is near impossible for managers to be aware of every single thing that goes on in their department – especially if it is a large one – it is indeed a bitter pill to swallow when they find themselves having to answer for their employees’ missteps. Fortunately, there are practical steps that managers can take to tackle such sticky situations. (Read More Here!)

Dress Codes: A Human Resource Perspective

By Koh Wanzi

Dressing well is all about the image. Company-wide dress codes often provide useful ways for companies to project a desired image, keep up with norms in the industry or enforce professional consistency in employees’ sartorial choices.

Walmart moved in September to change its dress code policy to require employees to don collared shirts and khaki pants, sparking an outcry among the ranks of its 1.3 million US employees.

The world’s largest retailer serves as a test case for companies considering similar moves, according to Deborah Weinstein, a lecturer in legal studies and business ethics at Wharton. And with some employees complaining that they cannot afford to adhere to the new dress code because of their meagre pay, Walmart has come under a hailstorm of publicity for its decision, providing lessons for other employers to draw from. (Read More Here!)

Q&A: How Can I Prepare for My Year-End Performance Evaluation?

Question: I’m due for my year-end performance review soon. I want to make it a productive experience. How can I prepare myself for the review process and the feedback I will receive?

Answer: Annual performance reviews are a routine at many companies, but even if you’re confident that you’ve done a good job this year, these year-end reviews are still capable of generating their fair share of anxiety. (Read More Here!)

Precrastination - The Danger of Finishing Tasks Too Early

By Desiree Yang

We’ve all procrastinated on one occasion or another – leaving what we can really do now for a later time – only to find ourselves scrambling to complete the task later as the deadline looms. There are countless caveats against procrastination, so it’s polar opposite – pre-crastination – must be a good thing, right?

Researchers define pre-crastination as the tendency to complete tasks as soon as possible, even at the expense of extra effort. And contrary to what you might expect, recent studies show that pre-crastinators – a new-fangled term for those who rush to check-off tasks on their to-do lists too early – engage in behaviour that is just as unproductive as their counterparts at the opposite end of the spectrum. (Read More Here!)

All in the Name of Productivity

By Desiree Yang

Some companies have taken to monitoring their employees’ every move via closed-circuit cameras (CCTVs) or tracking their computer and phone usage – in a bid to maximise productivity in the workplace. However, Chicago company WaterSaver Faucet has gone one step further and now limits its employees’ bathroom breaks to a mere six minutes per day or 30 minutes per week, because it thought some of its employees were spending an excessive amount of time in the bathroom.

To add on, a swipe-card system has been installed to track employees’ bathroom usage. Disciplinary action – not excluding the possible termination of the employee – is taken against employees who exceed this limit. A reward system is also in place, with gift cards being awarded to those who don’t use the bathroom at all during working hours. (Read More Here!)

Should Singapore Adopt a Bike-Sharing System?

By Desiree Yang

If you ever find yourself strolling along the bustling streets of New York City (NYC), you are likely to stumble across at least one of the hundreds of Citi Bike docking stations located all over the city. Since its launch in May 2013, NYC’s very own bike-sharing system, Citi Bike, has become tremendously popular among New Yorkers who are able to whizz around the city on a shiny blue bicycle for just US$95 a year, US$25 for a seven-day access pass or US$9.95 for a 24-hour access pass.

Bike-sharing systems – where bicycles are available for shared use on a short-term basis – have spread around the globe, with more than 600 cities in the world now having similar systems. On our very own sunny shores, the Land Transport Authority (LTA) has plans to roll out a bike-sharing trial in areas with cycling path networks at the end of next year, and is currently calling for industry players to submit proposals for it via a request-for-information (RFI) exercise. (Read More Here!)

CPF Investment Crash Course

By Desiree Yang

AsiaOne Business reported in April this year that Singaporeans need to have at least seven digits in savings if they wish to retire at the age of 62. If this sounds shocking, that’s probably because it is. (Read More Here!)